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NFL: Tongan-heritage blocker Amini Silatolu signs with Panthers

Amini Silatolu (Brian A. Westerholt / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 11, 2012 shows Amini Silatolu #61 working on blocking drills with Will Blackwell #71 at Carolina Panthers Rookie Camp in Charlotte, North Carolina. Amini Silatolu, an offensive guard of Tongan heritage, signed a one-year contract with the NFL's Carolina Panthers on February 17, 2017, marking his second stint with the club. The 28-year-old blocker played for Carolina from 2012 into 2015, but he suffered a torn right knee ligament in October 2015 and missed the remainder of the Panthers' season, including their loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50 last year. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Brian A. Westerholt

by Agence France-Presse

Amini Silatolu (Brian A. Westerholt / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
Amini Silatolu (Brian A. Westerholt / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
Amini Silatolu, an offensive guard of Tongan heritage, signed a one-year contract with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, marking his second stint with the Super Bowl 50 runner-up.

The 28-year-old blocker played for Carolina from 2012 into 2015, but suffered a torn right knee ligament in October 2015. He missed the remainder of the Panthers’ season, including their loss to the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50 last year.

Silatolu, whose parents left Tonga in 1985 for the San Francisco area where Amini was born, signed with the Chicago Bears last year but was released before the season began.

The 40th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Silatolu started 28 of 34 games played but battled injuries in recent campaigns.

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